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Alpe-Adria Trail / self-guided +

ALPE ADRIA TRAIL:
from the Karst paths to the sea

MaroWays durata 8 days/7 nights
MaroWays lunghezza 108 km in 6 stages
MaroWays difficoltà hard

Book your trail from 590,00 €

From Gradisca d’Isonzo to Muggia
Follow the Alpe Adria Trail for over a hundred beautiful kilometres through the most breathtaking sections of the karstic plateau, all the way to the shores of the Adriatic Sea. This awe-inspiring journey begins with the trenches and tunnels of Gorizia’s Karst region, and leads travellers to the Gulf of Trieste’s most scenic paths. Along the way, you will pass by many points of interest, such as the famous Lipica Equestrian Park, the Rosandra Valley Nature Reserve and the seaside town of Muggia.

MaroWays Breath-taking view of the Karst plateau that is crossed by the Alpe-Adria Trail
MaroWays Walking path in the forest of Alpe-Adria Trail

Alpe Adria Trail: hiking in the Garden of Eden

The Alpe Adria Trail is a long-distance, cross-border journey which passes through Austria, Slovenia and Italy. A spectacular trek which begins in the Alps and goes all the way to the sea, linking together three nations over a total of 43 successive walking stages and 750 km. Travellers walk from Carinzia (Austria) at the foot of the Grossglockner, pass through Slovenia and descend into the heart of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, through the Natisone Valleys and the Triestine Karst, all the way to Muggia on the Adriatic coast. It’s a journey that must be enjoyed at a slow pace, to allow us to get back to nature and lose ourselves in the pleasure of walking.

Route and details of the trail

MaroWays ritrovoStarting point Gradisca d'Isonzo
MaroWays ritrovoFinish of the trail Muggia
Duration 8 days/7 nights
Distance 108 km in 6 stages
Difficulty hard / self-assessment hiking form
Note self-guided
Availability from March to November with departures every day
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Self-guided program

Day 1

Meals and accommodation

Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Highlights of the day

MaroWays The square Unità in Gradisca d’Isonzo
Arrival in Gradisca d’Isonzo

Your adventure begins in Gradisca d’Isonzo, where you will spend the first night. Regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Italy, this little town is a fifteenth-century fortress built on the banks of the Isonzo river by the Venetians, with the help of Leonardo da Vinci. Take a walk through the heart of the citadel, admiring the historic palaces steeped in Venetian and Hapsburg glamour, and you’ll find yourself travelling back in time, immersed in the culture of this ancient town. Night in Gradisca d’Isonzo.

Day 2

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast
Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Daily hiking information

Distance 13,5 km
Elevation + 230 m; - 160 m
Walking hours 3:30 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty easy

Highlights of the day

MaroWays First World War trenches at mount San Michele
Gradisca d’Isonzo – Jamiano

The first stage of the trail explores an area that’s rich in contrasts between the historical and the modern. The two stars of the show: the Isonzo, the most beautiful river in Europe, and the traces of the First World War that mark the Isontine Karst. From Gradisca d’Isonzo, you will follow a forest trail almost all the way to Mt San Michele, a famous battlefield which was referenced in the poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti. Here, you will find an interesting virtual museum about the Great War, as well as numerous trails to discover First World War era tunnels and trenches. After your visit to Mt San Michele, you’ll delve once again into the karstic greenery and head down towards Lake Doberdò, one of the few karst lakes in Europe. The lake’s water level changes constantly, depending on the flow of the Vipacco and Isonzo rivers. Night in Jamiano or surrounding area.

Day 3

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast
Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Daily hiking information

Distance 18,8 km
Elevation + 250 m; - 350 m
Walking hours 5:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Panoramic view of the Duino castle near Trieste
Jamiano – Sistiana

As you begin today’s walking stage, you will continue to explore the Isontine Karst. Following narrow paths between pinewood and thickets, you’ll be in Trieste province before you even realise it. Very soon, you’ll arrive at the springs of River Timavo, an area that was venerated in the ancient writings of Pliny the Elder, Strabo and Virgil. In this truly magical place, the River Timavo reemerges at the surface after flowing underground for 40 kilometres, and cascades into the Adriatic Sea. Continuing your walk, you will pass through the spectacular holm oak wood of the Forest of Cernizza, the historic hunting grounds of the Princes of Duino. In Duino, you can see one of the Gulf of Trieste’s most iconic views: the clifftop castle overlooking the sea is. During the last part of today’s stage, you’ll walk along a beautiful trail dedicated to the poet Rilke, who wrote the Duino Elegies here while staying at the castle. The path winds along the top of the cliffs that overlook the sea, offering you splendid views of the Gulf of Trieste. Night in Sistiana.

Day 4

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast, dinner
Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Daily hiking information

Distance 20,2 km
Elevation + 560 m; - 345 m
Walking hours 6:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Walking path on the Karst plateau with a spectacular view of the gulf of Trieste
Sistiana – Prosecco / Opicina

Today, the trail turns back towards the Karst plateau, passing through forests, small villages and historic pastures, still delineated by traditional dry-stone walls. At certain times of the year, you’re very likely to come across the area’s famous “osmizze”: traditional little shops which open seasonally and sell local wine and artisanal products. Today’s endpoint is the Karstic village of Prosecco, an area that has long been famous for its terraced vineyards and production of high-quality wine. Accommodation in the Prosecco area.

Note: Your accommodation is located in the town of Opicina, which is about 4.5km from Prosecco. To avoid adding extra distance to the walking stage, you can take public transport from Prosecco.

Day 5

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast
Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Daily hiking information

Distance 20,6 km
Elevation + 466 m; - 318 m
Walking hours 6:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Lipizan horses at the stud-farm Lipica
Prosecco / Opicina – Basovizza / Lipica

Heading out of Prosecco you will soon reach Contovello, a pleasant village whose houses are piled one on top of the other and enjoy spectacular views of the sea. The route then continues along the edge of the Karst, treating you to fabulous panoramic views of Miramare Castle, the city of Trieste and the gulf. Once you reach the Obelisk of Opicina, you’ll begin the climb up to the village of Conconello and then continue on to the hamlet of Basovizza. From here, your route takes you along easy, flat paths through beautiful forests to the crossing into Slovenia, and then on to Lipica. Lipica Equestrian Park, founded in 1580 by Charles II, Archduke of Austria, is a real oasis of tranquility, completely surrounded by nature. Tree-lined walkways and oak woods lead to historic stables, while herds of white thoroughbred horses, widely regarded as the most elegant horses in the world, gallop across the estate’s green meadows. Accommodation in Lipica (or Basovizza).

Note: You have the option of shortening the walking stage by 5 km by spending the night in Basovizza.

Day 6

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast
Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Daily hiking information

Distance 17,3 km
Elevation + 368 m; - 703 m
Walking hours 6:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Alpe Adria Trail through the Rosandra Valley natural reserve near Trieste
Basovizza / Lipica – Bagnoli della Rosandra

Today, the trail will take you over Mt Kokoš and through the spectacular Rosandra Valley to the village of Bagnoli della Rosandra, located in the outskirts of Trieste. By the end of the day, you’ll already be able to catch the scent of the sea on the wind. At the top of Mt Kokoš, you’ll find an Alpine cabin from which you can enjoy breathtaking views of the whole Karst. As you descend into the valley, you’ll pass back into Italian territory, following the cycle track that winds its way along the old disused Austro-Hungarian railway line between Trieste and Hrpelie. You’ll pass through several tunnels carved into the mountainside, and a number of well-preserved original stations, before descending to the isolated village of Botazzo in the Rosandra Valley. An easy path takes you down to the valley, skirting vertical cliff-faces, forests and scree slopes. You can enjoy spectacular views over the flowing Rosandra river, its 35 metre waterfall and its 21 natural pools. At the end of the valley, you’ll reach the village of Bagnoli della Rosandra, the endpoint of today’s walking stage. Accommodation in Bagnoli della Rosandra.

Note: If you spent the previous night in Basovizza, the walking stage will be 5 km longer.

Day 7

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast
Accommodation hotel/pension/B&B min 3*

Daily hiking information

Distance 17,4 km
Elevation + 437 m; - 502 m
Walking hours 5:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Panoramic view of the small marina in Muggia
Bagnoli della Rosandra – Muggia

You’re almost there! Soon, you’ll reach your long-awaited goal. You’ll set off already breathing the scent of the Mediterranean and dreaming about your arrival at the Adriatic Sea. The paths that cross the Rosandra Valley and the San Dorligo area are quieter than other areas, and pass through characteristic local vegetation. Along the way, you can enjoy views of the peaceful biotope of the Noghere Lakes, and rolling hills. The Alpe Adria Trail finishes in the historic centre of Muggia, a charming Istrian-Veneto seaside town. After a stroll through the town’s streets and plazas, it’s time to reward yourself with a great seafood meal and a well-deserved dip in the sea. Accommodation in Muggia.

Day 8

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast

Highlights of the day

MaroWays The symbol of the Alpe-Adria Trail along the route
Goodbye Alpe Adria Trail

After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and our tour package will come to an end. You’ll know that you’re only saying “goodbye for now” to the Alpe Adria Trail, because in your heart you will have already decided to return, and walk the rest of this unique and unforgettable journey.

What we love about this trail

Reading Ungaretti on Mt. San Michele

Taking a break in an osmizza on the way

Enjoy the Kart plateau from the top of the Mt. Kokoš

Getting to the sea and say: I did it!

MaroWays prezzi tour

Price per person

590,00 €

MaroWays partecipanti tour

Group size

Minimum 2

Price includes

Accommodation in double room; scheduled meals (7 breakfasts and 1 dinner); welcome kit with the map of the itinerary; luggage tags (if requested the service); helpline during the tour.

Price excludes

Travel to/from Gradisca d’Isonzo; meals not mentioned above (7 lunches and 6 dinners); medical insurance; tourist taxes to be paid directly on site; tips, expenses and personal extras; anything not expressly mentioned above.

Supplement for luggage transfer

150,00 € (price valid from 1 to 2 people) (1 item of luggage per person)

Supplements

→ During peak season, prices may be subject to changes due to availability at the time of booking. Any changes will be communicated at the time of the request.
→ Solo traveller: ask information

Extra

Transfer from Muggia to Gradisca d’Isonzo the last day: 100,00 € (price valid from 1 to 2 people). You can also independently manage the transfer: Muggia – Trieste by bus, Trieste – Sagrado by train + 3 km to be covered on foot by road (or bus/taxi) to Gradisca d’Isonzo.

Information

Important information

→ An adequate physical condition is required to support 4,5 – 8 walking hours per day with sure footing; only recommended for children aged 12 and over.

→ Please disclose any food intolerances at the time of booking

What to bring

Valid ID for crossing the border; backpack with rain cover; good hiking boots; water; sunscreen; anti-tick repellent; appropriate clothing (sun hat, cagoule, waterproof jacket, etc.), camera.

Mobility

This tour is not suitable for those with reduced mobility

Booking

30% of the total amount must be paid at the time of booking. The balance is due 30 days before departure. In the case of a reservation being made within 30 days of the departure date, payment of the full amount is required. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Cancellation policy

In the case of cancellation by the client, the following fees will be applied:
→ more than 30 days prior to departure: 30 % of the cost of the trip (non refundable deposit)
→ 29 to 15 days prior to departure: 50 % of the cost of the trip
→ 14 to 7 days prior to departure: 75 % of the cost of the trip
→ less than 6 days prior to departure: 100% of the cost of the trip

PHOTO: Pikakonec; www.slovenia.info – Jošt Gantar

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